Archive | September, 2011

Jacksonville Quilt Show

26 Sep

Best in show!

Saturday I attended a quilt show in Jacksonville FL. with some of our guild members and had a lot of fun. There were all kinds of vendors, demonstrations, and lots of quilts on display. When looking at the quilts on display, you could tell that a lot of time was spent on each one along with the attention to detail. If you ever get the chance to go to a quilt show, you should go even if it is to look at all the different quilts on display.

Civil War Log Cabin Quilt Block

23 Sep

So what are you sewing today? I have been working on a new block that I received when I went to the guild meeting this month. The name of the block is called “log cabin” which is part of the Civil War quilt blocks by Barbara Brackman.  Make sure to check out Barabra Brackman’s blog that shows a weekly Civil War block with a pattern and history.

The Log Cabin pattern can also remind us of the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. There’s a story—probably not true but like many of our myths important to our American identity—that President Abraham Lincoln greeted its author Harriet Beecher Stowe with the words, “So you’re the little lady who made this great war.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe
About the time she wrote Life Among the Lowly

Stowe first published the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin as a serial in the newspaper the National Era in 1851. Originally called Life Among the Lowly, the story ran throughout the year, mesmerizing readers with a glimpse of life in slavery, something many had never considered. Among the readers were Sophia Soule, her husband Amasa and her four children.

An 1852 edition of the serial as a novel

Sophia’s daughter Annie recalled the serial novel years later:
“As the drama of Uncle Tom’s Cabin unrolled in its pages the family.

Here is a picture of my finished block!

Finished Quilt

20 Sep

Happy Tuesday morning! I am happy to say that I have now completed my second quilt and I like the way it turned out. My plans are to place the quilt on the wall in my sewing room. When trying to stitch in the ditch it was a little cumbersome to me because there was not much room to move the quilt around to sew. When stitching in the ditch you normally sew from middle out and this is where it got a little tricky for me. So, if any of you ladies are quilters let me know how I can make this process a little easier.

The name of the quilt is called “Sewing Room Social”

Lasagna Roll-Ups

19 Sep

Well another weekend gone and the start of a new week. Where does the time go!  One might be wondering “what can I cook for dinner this week.” I have just the answer for you, so grab your aprons ladies, and follow me to the kitchen, and we will cook up a really good meal for this evening. We are going to make some lasagna Roll-Ups. Here we go!

Ingredients:

1 pound mild Italian sausage, casing removed

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 (12-ounce can) Tomato Paste

1 2/3 cups Water

1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed

1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed

1 egg

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry

1 (15-ounce) container of ricotta cheese

1 1/2 cups(6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 ground black pepper

8 dry lasagna noodles, cooked, drained, and kept warm

In a large skillet, crumble sausage. Add onions and garlic; cook until sausage is no longer pink and then drain. Next, stir in the tomato paste, water, oregano and basil; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes or so. In a medium bowl, beat egg lightly and then add spinach, ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

Spread about 1/2 cup cheese mixture onto each of the 8 noodles; and then roll them up. Place seam side down, in a baking dish. Pour the sauce over the rolls ; and top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for about 30 to 40 minutes.

Lasagna Roll- Ups

Sewing Room

12 Sep

So how was your weekend? Well mine did not go to well as most of you know I have been redoing my sewing room. I found two bookcases at IKEA that I liked really well and decided to use them to put fabric on along with other Items. We do not have a large enough vehicle to carry  2 bookcases, so my husband has a friend with a truck who helped him pick them up. So this morning we were ready to get the bookcases put together and discovered when we opened the box some of the shelving was broken. What a “disappointment”! So  I had to return the 2 bookcases and IKEA acted as though they did not care.

I Thought I might see if I can find a hutch to put my fabric in along with other Items because I think it would add some character to the room. I”ll be sooo glad when the room is complete and I can show you!  My plan this week is to finish the quilt that will go on the wall and finish the placemats that I am quilting too. So my friends have a great week and have a little fun too!

Your friend,

Sharon

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

9 Sep

Happy Friday Morning! I don’t know about you but I am so ready for cooler weather. The other day I was going through one of my old recipe box and came across one of my favorite recipes that I used to cook. I’m so glad that I found it and plan on making some next week. The chili has a lot of flavor and is healthy also. So if you get a chance and want to try something different make this chili and you can’t go wrong. It’s very easy to make!

Ingredients needed:

3 tbs. olive oil                                                              1 pkg Morning Star Vegetables
2-3 large zucchini or summer squashes             1 cup Healthy Choice tomato sauce
2 medium onions, diced                                                   1 tsp. sugar
2 sweet red peppers, cubed                                         2 tbs. chili powder
2 large carrots, grated                                                    1 tsp. cumin
4 garlic cloves, minced                                                 1 tsp oregano
1 (28 oz.) can Italian tomatoes (low-sodium)     1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
drained and cut up
1 can kidney beans                                                    3 cups cooked brown rice

1. In large saucepan sauté squash and onions olive oil until tender.
Add peppers, carrots, and garlic and continue to sauté 5 minutes.
2. Add chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, vegetable crumbles, tomato
sauce, sugar, and spices. Simmer until cooked
thoroughly, about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over brown rice.


I hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see ya’ll on Monday!

Quilt Blocks

7 Sep

Good morning! So what are your plans today? It’s a rainy day here so my plan is to get some sewing done. There is something that I just have to show you and that is all these 12 blocks that I won at the quilting guild meeting last night. What is so exciting is you can make a quilt out of the 12 blocks! The funny part about winning is that I hardly ever win anything much but guess there is always a first time for everything.

As I have said before our quilt guild is working on blocks that have to do with the Civil War. This particular block is called “Gentlemen Fancy.” If you google: Barbara Beckman Civil War Quilt Blocks, you will find the different blocks along with the history behind each block.

Have a great day! See ya next time!

Your Friend,

Sharon

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